|Birch Lodge||Self Catering||Saturday||2||5||1||3rd single bed or cot can be put in twin bedroom|
Birch Lodge is a cosy and characterful little place which forms half of a converted barn, with a through lounge, dining area, and kitchen equipped with a fridge, cooker, microwave, coffee-machine and dishwasher, and downstairs shower room with modern corner shower unit with body jets etc.
The double staircase leads up to the bedrooms either side of the main roof beam. The bedrooms are arranged as one double and one twin (which can have an extra single child's bed), each with a velux window in the sloping ceiling with its original beams. There are shared laundry and freezer facilities.
Birch Lodge has a lovely patio area beside the shrubs, with outdoor table and chairs with parasol. Guests also have access to the 3/4 acre grounds including enclosed garden with play equipment and of course the gorgeous 11.5 x 5.5m pool with safety alarm, and also a picnic area and a pool shelter/bar area.
We pride ourselves on being family-friendly. Stairgates, highchairs, travel cots and booster seats are available on request. The whole site is enclosed and set well back from the rural road. The recreation and pool areas are also separately gated, and the pool is alarmed. Bikes are provided for you to explore the area on 2 wheels if you wish, and there is plenty to entertain the whole family on site.
We are set in the heart of the Southern Deux-Sèvres countryside, between Lezay and Sauzé-Vaussais in central Poitou-Charentes. Close to Poitiers, Limoges, Angouleme and La Rochelle, there's plenty to do in this beautiful part of France.
Via Brittany Ferries, approx. drive times are: St. Malo 3hrs 49min; Caen 3hrs 55 min; Le Havre 4hrs 25min; Cherbourg 4hrs 58min; Roscoff 5hrs 6 mins; or if you fancy a leisurely crossing or a twin-centre trip with Spain, Bilbao is approx. 5hrs 7mins, or Santander 5hrs 49mins.
Small, well equipped kitchen with french doors, open plan to the rest of the living/dining area. Contains fridge, microwave, kettle, coffee machine and toaster, as well as cooker and all the equipment needed for light meals and snacks throughout your stay. On-site meals are also occasionally available if you don't fancy cooking for yourself! Table and chairs for 4-5 in the dining area, and outdoor dining table and chairs also provided.
Living area with tv including UK satellite. Open plan to the dining and kitchen area, and open staircase to the upstairs bedrooms, and with french doors opening to the garden and patio area.
A double staircase leads to 2 bedrooms, either side of the large main beam of the barn. Sloping ceilings, beams and Velux windows add an abundance of character. One bedroom is a double, the other a twin, which can have a 3rd child's bed added. Cots and stairgates can be provided on request.
Downstairs wc and shower room. All light and bright, with modern fittings including a corner shower cubicle with body jets.
Heating is not usually required during the summer months, in fact fans are what are normally needed, and these are provided in the bedrooms. Plug in heaters are available, however, if the weather happens to turn cooler.
The pool and gardens provide most entertainment on-site, as well as the barbecue. However, satellite tv is also provided. We also have an abundance of toys and games, and bikes are available for the whole family to borrow if you wish. Free wi-fi is also provided.
Set in 3/4 acres of safe and secure grounds, there is a gated garden with swings, and also a goal, badminton net and basketball hoop. The pool is the main attraction, and within this area also are picnic tables in the shade, and a covered bar area. Patio area with outdoor table and chairs outside the cottage.
Private on-site parking at the end of the drive for several vehicles beyond the gates.
Ideal for couples, families or groups, as several of the gites can be rented together at one time to accommodate extended family or friends. Having children ourselves, we know how difficult it can be travelling with all the things a family can need, so we strive to provide as much as possible for you, including cots, high chairs, stairgates etc.
Many attractions nearby for families, couples or single travellers seeking the beauty and relaxation of the real France.
We're a family of 4 from the North East of England, and we spend all of our holidays in France where we are on hand to look after our guests and give advice on great places to visit and things to do. We've also recently started a blog about our adventures!
La Rochelle (90 mins) A lively and vibrant port with plenty of shops to wander around, the wonderful harbour to explore and plenty of bars and restaurants serving excellent seafood. A great aquarium, especially if you like sharks! The Natural History Museum is another great attraction, especially on a rainy day.
Cognac (60 mins) The name Cognac is synonymous the world over with the finest French spirit. Take a guided tour of Hennessy and the town's other major Cognac houses; visit the fascinating Musée des Arts du Cognac and the adjacent Cognac Country Discovery centre. You'll find more big name producers in nearby Jarnac. Follow the five themed Cognac Trails
(45 mins) Near Poitiers. France's answer to the Epcot Centre and Europe's premier image theme park. films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows, open-air activities, and more. Major attraction for all the family. To rival Disney's Epcot
Angouleme (30 mins) with many fine 17th and 18th century streets and houses to wander. Walk around the ramparts of the city and see some spectacular views. Visit the wonderful morning market (open every day but Sundays are best) or taste chocolate at Chocolaterie Letuffe. Poitiers (35mins) A university town. Great shopping and sightseeing. Culture, restaurants, vibrant place. Markets daily.
Animal magic abounds in this area! Vallee des Singes – (25 mins) Valley of the monkeys is well worth a visit. Stroll through the park and meet a monkey or two! Many different species here. You could also try Zoodyssée at Chizé which houses 600 animals from Europe in relative freedom; The zoo at La Palmyre near Royan is one of the most-visited attractions in Poitou-Charentes since it opened.
Lovely relaxing holiday and the pool was fantastic for the children (aged 7, 13 & 15). The house was as described and great value for money. The owners - Paul and Carol stay close by and are lovely hosts, with nothing being too much trouble for them. The area is a little rural and you have to drive to the shops which was not an issue for us but you definitely need a car. Would definitely recommend the property and look forward to going back soon.
A wonderful friendly site run by Paul and Carol, who gave us the best holiday. They were extremely helpful in all matters that we asked them and at the same time allowed us to be on holiday. Would recommend to all families thinking of visiting this area to stay here.
The Gite was clean well stocked and had everything that you needed and more. The kids enjoyed the pool and garden area.
Thanks again for our two weeks.
Set in beautiful countryside, this well equipped, comfortable gite provided everything we need for a peaceful and relaxing family holiday. The gite was accurately described and pictured, was clean and comfortable and I have already recommended it to family and friends. All messages to Carol (owner) were promptly replied to. The welcome pack was an added bonus and the birthday card and gift for our daughter was above and beyond.
All in all, a wonderful holiday and we hope to return again soon.